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We're a few months into the winter season, and our skin is letting us know it too. If you haven't found a winter skincare routine that works for you yet, here are a few tips to guide you in the right direction!

  1. Moisturizer is your new best friend (though it already should be): We've all been told plenty of times how important moisturizer is, but have you been told how important it is to choose the right one for you? There are many different types of moisturizers, so you need to find the one that is tailored to your skin type.  Normal/Combination Skin? Choose a medium-weight moisturizer (We recommend Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream). Oily Skin? Make sure you choose a lightweight moisturizer to ensure that you don't over-hydrate which will increase the amount of oil on your skin (We recommend Dermalogica Clearing Mattifier). Dry Skin? Avoid any moisturizers with drying ingredients, focus on a heavier-weight moisturizer (Try Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance). Pro Tip: Less is more. Use a toner just before you apply your moisturizer to make the most out of a small amount. It allows you to use less product and in turn your moisturizer will last longer!

  2. SPF - the gift that doesn't stop giving: You may have already put your SPF away for the winter, thinking that the sun is no longer capable of damage. Well it's time to pull it back out and put it to good use. SPF is still an extremely important part of your skincare routine in winter. The cold doesn't change the suns effect on your skin and you still need to stay protected from UV rays. This helps prevent your skin from prematurely aging, developing dark spots, and other negative effects caused by sun exposure. You can either purchase a moisturizer that already includes SPF (Dermalogica Dynamic Skin SPF 30) or you can use an SPF booster and add it to the moisturizer of your choice.

  3. Avoid going outside with Wet or Damp skin: You've most likely already been warned not to go outside with wet hair. Did you know that having wet/damp skin can have equally damaging effects? The cold air on damp skin will cause it to dry out more frequently and a lot faster. Make sure your skin is fully dry and moisturized before heading out into the cold to prevent excessive drying and cracking.

  4. Lip balm... That actually works: When your skin begins to dry out, chances are the first thing you'll notice is chapped lips. You may be tempted to slap on the drugstore-brand chapstick thats been sitting at the bottom of your purse for months, however, many of these brands actually include drying ingredients and are doing more arm than good. Instead look for something higher-grade that includes ingredients such as Shea/Cocoa Butter & Tocopherol (Vitamin E). Try to avoid ones with Synthetic Dyes, Hyaluronic Acid, and Parabens. Next time, try Dermalogica's Lip Renewal Complex and notice the difference for yourself!

  5. The Golden Rule - STAY HYDRATED: The best thing you can do for your skin and overall health this winter is to get plenty of hydration. Make sure you are drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water a day. If you're finding it hard to consume this much water, try swapping out a few glasses with a glass of herbal tea instead!

Photo Credit: Dermalogica Canada

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